This Christmas, spend time on the little things(Read article summary)
It's the small kindnesses that your loved ones will remember most, long after the presents are unwrapped
Every once in a while, something just appears out of nowhere and strikes the perfect chord in your life.
For me and for a lot of us, December is filled with spending money on things for others. We try so hard to make a wonderful holiday for those we care about.
The thing is, after all of the money is spent and the gifts are opened, the things youâ€™ll remember will be the little things that have almost nothing to do with the gifts.
When I think back to every one of my favorite memories of my life, none of them have anything to do with gifts. They have to do with little things.
I remember the last Christmas I spent with my great grandmother. She was still living independently, but she wasnâ€™t doing so well, so we brought her a whole bunch of easy-to-prepare foods and cooked a meal for her.
I remember sitting around a table a few days after Christmas playing Risk with my dad and some of his friends, the first time I played an â€śadultâ€ť game with the adults.
I remember when my father was unemployed during the winter when I was about six. My mother found a $20 bill in a parking lot at a grocery store, mostly buried in the snow.
The little things matter. They matter more than the big gifts or anything else.
Spend this season â€“ and perhaps 2012 as well â€“ making the little things right. It might alter the big things more than you think.